Sunday, October 22, 2017
What an amazing Hokie weekend we have had! It is hard to come back to reality after such a wonderful and touching weekend. A little over a week ago we received an email asking if David could participate in a special ceremony for the VT men's basketball team. We love Coach Buzz and all the players so of course we agreed!
Sunday, October 8, 2017
September has certainly treated us well. It has been freakishly hot here in Virginia which has meant my garden has kept producing summer crops.
The last four weeks I have led a bible study for our youth girls at church based on 1 Thessalonians. It has blessed my heart to watch these girls dig into the word and complete their weekly homework assignments. We have laughed, learned, and had fun studying Paul's letter to the church in Thessalonia. This past week we had to memorize this verse about our the need for our love to increase and overflow for others. I know teenagers these days have a bad rep for always being on their phone and being self-absorbed but these girls who faithfully show up each week to study and to discuss their homework bless me and encourage me. Youth ministry is not glamorous or easy but I love sitting around a room with open bibles and open hearts to pursue God with some awesome Jesus girls.
Friday, September 1, 2017
This past summer was our first ever attempt at a garden. I have wanted to garden for so many years but lacked the knowledge to even know where to begin. I was then blessed with an opportunity to participate in the Homegrown program through Sprouting Hope, our local community garden. Gardening has changed my life and I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn how to grow healthy and organic food for my family and neighbors.
Our children loved sharing our bounty and we would often load up a basket of goodies and deliver to our neighbors. I love that gardens provide the opportunity to teach our children the value of hard work and that there is joy in loving our neighbor through sharing our harvest.
Sprouting Hope you have blessed our family with a new way of life. We have learned how to grow, harvest, cook, and preserve our bounty! We have spent the summer marveling at how God used a little garden to make us healthier, help us connect with our neighbors, serve others through sharing our bounty, and teaching us how to garden.